Community Forum Notes - 12 February 2019

More than 20 community members attended the Tangambalanga-Kiewa Community Forum on Tuesday evening, meeting with Indigo Shire Councillors and staff to share ideas, questions and feedback.

North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) Chief Executive Officer Katie Warner gave the community an update on the progress of selling the former NECMA depot, which will be a great opportunity to open up community access to the Kiewa River. Victoria Police Inspector Paul Hargreaves also addressed the forum and discussed community safety issues with residents.

A summary of the issues discussed is noted below, and Council officers will make contact with individual residents who had questions that could not be answered on the night. To stay up to date with the latest Council activities in Tangambalanga and Kiewa make sure you follow Indigo Shire Council on Facebook, subscribe to our Weekly Update Email [here] and keep an eye on your letter box for the quarterly Indigo Informer Council Newsletter.

Issues discussed:

NECMA land:

  • North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) Chief Executive Officer Katie Warner addressed the Community Forum about the progress of selling the former NECMA depot, which will be a great opportunity to open up community access to the Kiewa River. Issues with the title have been resolved and now environmental investigations are nearing completion. There is no clear date on when the sale will proceed, but work is continuing and is a priority for NECMA and Council. Community discussion regarding the importance of this opportunity continued at tables.

Roads, parking and pathways:

  • General maintenance required of unsealed roads, including Gentle Rd
  • The impact of cow manure on road safety along Kiewa Bonegilla Road
  • Need for input from Council in sorting out parking issues at the primary school
  • General need to assess and implement a pathway connection and improvement program
  • Request for a progress update on the traffic management project that came out of Placemaking Plan

 Other topics discussed:

  • Strong support for the Wheel Park feasibility study and proposal
  • Good opportunities associated with the Active Indigo grants program
  • Drainage service levels and clearing of culverts needs action
  • Future residential development on agricultural land and the planning scheme controls
  • The town entry sign
  • Opportunity for a Farmers Market
  • Playground maintenance
  • Stickers on bins
  • Requirements for the new subdivision

Police Matters raised:

  • Intersection near child care centre is busy with construction vehicles. Not all drivers are stopping at the school crossing
  • Speed sign restriction sign on Kiewa Valley Highway south side of town is crooked
  • Huon Kiewa Road has become very busy and speeding is a problem (80km/hr zone)